Usually when I see the words "free music," I expect a smattering of indie tracks from artists I've never heard of. And that's exactly what I expected from Google Music's free songs promotion on Android Market.
Boy, was I wrong.
Google Music is giving away more than 100 tunes from the likes of Kelly Clarkson, Joss Stone, Busta Rhymes, Modest Mouse, John Mayer, Elvis Presley, and Kenny Chesney.
The songs are divided into four categories: country, pop/hip-hop, rock, and a free songs sampler. There's about 150 tracks between them, but because there's some overlap, the total is closer to 100.
Want to listen to a song before "buying" it? Just click the play button that appears when you mouse over the track number. If you decide to keep it, click the Free button, then follow the prompts.
Alas, there's no way to grab all the songs in one fell swoop; you have to "buy" them individually, one at a time. Each time you do, the song gets added to your Google Music library, where you can listen to it in your browser or on your Android smartphone or tablet. You also have the option of downloading it to your PC (where you can add it to, say, iTunes).
I'm not sure how long Google's planning to run this promotion, but the good news is that whatever songs you add to your Google Music library are yours to keep forever.
So, what's worth getting? My top picks: "Let It Be" by Bill Withers, "Wonderwall" by Oasis, "Superman (It's Not Easy)" by Five for Fighting, and "Shining Star" by Earth, Wind, and Fire. (Yeah, I have eclectic tastes.) Hit the comments and let me know which freebies you're grooving to.